The story was great and Dick Hill is one of Audible's best narrators
Good, as Always.
War stories are not something I typically enjoy, but Deutermann is easily my favorite author so I thought it was worth a try. I am so glad I bought it. I was engaged by the end of the first chapter. Characters were really brought to life. Absolutely wonderful!
This is a Deutermann classic. I have listenened to most of his books and found Pacific Glory to be his best. Narration by Dick Hill was outstanding.
I've always been a Deutermann fan, but seldom read much WWI or WWII fiction - it's just not my thing. That said, I found this book to be exceptional in every way; the characters are extremely well written and fleshed out, and the story is funny and sad and scary and exciting in all the best possible ways.
On the narration side, I was very pleased; I've always been a Dick Hill fan, but in the past, have found his rendering of female voices to be kind of whiny and grating; for me, this book was a huge improvement.
Overall, I highly recommend this book, even if you think the topic isn't one you're normally interested in.
This is an excellent read. P. T. Deutermann's books just get better and better. I strongly recommend this book.
I think this is Deutermanns best. A cast of characters in orbit with each other, and all orbiting around a war, as tragedy weaves its way into relationships. A story of naval aviation, and a good part devoted to the battle of Leyte Gulf. Historically interesting as well as a good story of love and tragedy, and how people deal with tragedy, and how people deal with adverse wartime conditions. Awesome!!
Good but lacking
The sinking of the Cruiser off Savo Island
I have never enjoyed this reader because of the unnecessary histrionics in his narration.
The Battle of Samar.
The author nails his surface action scenes, however inaccuracies regarding naval aviation in WWII detract from the book. In the 1930s Annapolis graduates did not go directly to flight training. They were required to do 2 years duty with the fleet first. Douglas SBD dive bombers at Guadalcanal could only carry one 500 or 1000 lb bomb. SBD Duantless dive bombers did not have folding wings That is why there were no SBDs assigned to the CVEs in 1944 . TF 77 (the "Taffies") had only F4F Wildcats and TBM Avengers aboard. Using the correct aircraft would not have effected the story line in any way. There were no "early model Hellcats" assigned to CVEs, only Wildcats. These are nit picks, but for a story so well researched, they are really unforgivable.
Yes, its hard to explain. The characters are deep and interesting. They each have their own baggage and its interesting on how they handle it.
The use of language not used in the 1940s made this fictional account too fictional to be enjoyable. What ended it for me was the authors reference to "ConEx" boxes as structures on Guadalcanal. The use of cargo containers would have been useful during WW2 and it would have been nice to have GPS and Gortex in Vietnam but they just didn't exist yet.